Manoir d’Apreval is a family run domain located at the edge of Honfleur, on the banks of the Seine estuary, within the Pays d’Auge area but also in the heart of the Côte de Grâce, that of Eugène Boudin, Claude Monet and Erik Satie.
Victor Révillon came to settle here at the beginning of the 20th Century and developed on the 25 hectares around the Apreval Manor, with the help of a farmer, a traditional Normandy multi-production farm.
At the end of the century, Flavie Révillon, Victor’s granddaughter and owner of the domain, decided with her daughter Agathe Letellier to specialise in refining the cider and Calvados production, by focusing on the apple production in a very specific way. In 1998, this process began with the planting of 1800 high-branch apple trees divided into 17 different varieties.
The choice of the varieties was made after a study of the nature of our soils and a thorough reflection on the specificities of cider apples. As a consequence, the 17 varieties that were chosen were carefully selected on the basis of their rich tannin content, their sugar content, harvest period, natural resistance, their Pays d’Auge typicity and their taste category.
Apreval Blanche Calvados is produced from ciders that are fermented for six to nine months; this lengthy fermenting period concentrates and develops the characteristics of the component apple varieties. The master distiller, now a sixth-generation daughter of the family, double-distills the ciders in a traditional alembic pot still and ages the resulting product in French Limousin oak for a minimum of two years.
Excellent in cocktails, lightly chilled as an aperitif, or simply sipped neat for aficionados interested in trying a younger, more fruit-forward calvados of the highest quality.